We have crossed the finish line of 2017 and are embarking on a New Year and new chapter. Welcome to 2018!

For the parents reading this, Back to School is just around the corner. All nine provinces are due to begin the school year on 17 January. Some of you may be seeing your little one start their first day of Grade 1, or seeing off your teen on a new adventure in High School. Others may be about to embark on the final lap of the 12-year education system as their child enters the final year of their schooling.

For the parents of the candidates who sat for their final examinations in October and November last year, good luck for the release of the 2017 NSC Examination results. The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, is expected to release the 2017 NSC Examination results on the evening of Thursday, 04 January.

In the spirit of ‘Back to School’, we thought it would be good time to share five healthy living tips that can help you and yours see through the year in good stead. Whether this is a landmark year for you, or just a regular year at school, we wish both parents and children a year of health, happiness and success.

  1. Eat well and keep moving!
    Start your day with breakfast, choose healthy food and snacks from different food groups, and get moving through physical activity. (Cut down on screen time and junk food.)
  2. Drink lots of water
    “Rethink Your Drink – Choose Water”. There are many health benefits to drinking water, including keeping you hydrated.
  3. Wash your hands
    Washing hands before eating can prevent harmful germs from spreading from hands to food and help you not to get sick.
  4. Get adequate sleep
    Recommendations by the National Sleep Foundation in the US is that school-aged kids (aged 6 – 13 years old) need 9 to 11 hours of sleep per night, according to the Sports Science Institute of SA.
  5. Learn to identify depression
    Research indicates that the prevalence of childhood depression is increasing and its onset is occurring earlier in life. Depression co-exists with other mental health problems such as anxiety and disruptive behaviour.

For these and any other healthcare concerns you may have for your family this year, please contact your local Link pharmacist or healthcare professional.